Known locally as La Cenerentola, or Cinderella, Lake Orta has an ethereal, unspoilt quality far away from the crowds. While Lake Orta is the smaller and less visited of Italy's subalpine lakes, it's considered one of the prettiest by many. There's free time to sip a drink at a café in a lakeside piazza or just sit back and soak up the lake's mountain backdrops. You'll also catch sight of the islet in the middle of the lake, San Giulio, one of the northern Italy's best-kept secrets. And, if you want to take a closer look, there's an optional boat trip out to it.